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Bob Hawke, among others, was apparently once targeted by Palestinian kill-bots:

Thirty years ago, Bob Hawke, then Labor Party and ACTU president, faced assassination at the hands of Palestinian militants for his strong pro-Israel views, cabinet papers show.

He wasn’t alone. The Australian Security intelligence Organisation also believed prominent pro-Jewish figures, Isi Liebler and journalist Sam Lipski, were on the hit list.

Naturally, this was all a crafty Jewish scheme:

Australia’s spy agency was tricked by Israel into believing Bob Hawke was the target of a Palestinian assassination plot, the former Palestinian ambassador to Australia said today.

Speaking of Palestinian plots, here’s the SMH’s Paul Sheehan:

Stripped of all emotion and prejudice, right and wrong, one reality becomes clear: there is no chance of a sovereign, autonomous Palestinian state. Not within our lifetimes. No chance. None.

Not only won’t there be a sovereign Palestinian state, there can’t be.

It’s no longer viable. At every historic juncture since Israel was created in 1948, rhetoric has taken precedence over pragmatism in the Arab world. As a result, every one of these historic junctions has resulted, without exception, in material defeat for the Palestinians …

And Israel? Through all the wars, terrorist bombings and threats of annihilation, and despite intense internal divisions, Israel has grown into a muscular economy of almost 7 million, with a per capita gross domestic product far higher than any Arab neighbours, including Saudi Arabia. The Jewish population has grown from 600,000 to 5.3 million, with a birthrate higher than those in Western Europe. Per capita, Israel has the most engineers and the most high-tech economy in the world.

Israel’s advantages don’t end there. All of this, as Al-Jazeera Editor-in-Chief Ahmed Sheikh recently complained, “hurts our collective ego.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mistakenly credited Paul McGeough, not Paul Sheehan, for the above piece.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/01/2007 at 09:05 AM
    1. You’re right about McCough. He wouldn’t write that. Paul Sheehan would though.

      Posted by CB on 2007 01 01 at 09:17 AM • permalink


    1. Fixed now, CB. Sheesh, what a long New Year’s Eve + Day it’s been …

      Posted by Tim B. on 2007 01 01 at 09:26 AM • permalink


    1. When I first read this in the SMH (the lefty lawyer I live with subscribes to the SMH – I like the Target word bit) I thought hey what’s this – on SATURDAY?? Normally Saturday’s SMH is devoted exclusively to the McGeochs of the journo world – then I remembered it was Monday – being on holidays is just so disorientating (nothing to do whatsoever with the chardy consumed last night)

      Happy New Year to everyone too!

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 01 01 at 09:31 AM • permalink


    1. Exactly. It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million.

      Quality beats quantity every time.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 01 01 at 09:34 AM • permalink


    1. Once upon a time Labor got it: Israel is a socialist, secular, multi-cultural democracy. The only one in the Middle East. And they defended her accordingly. Modern Labor, under the effects of BDS, no doubt, does not.

      When the left were shrieking about the wall to keep Gaza out, my view was that Israel should keep building to wall, until it encircled the whole rest of the Middle East. A dome, even better!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 01 01 at 09:37 AM • permalink


    1. How is it Palestinians have “ambassadors” if they don’t have a state?  Or, one might ask, aren’t Gaza and the West Bank Palestinian states?  I use the term “state” loosely, considering what dung heaps Gaza and the West Bank are.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 01 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. And no oil to licence others to take and reap the profits. Just human capital.

      Posted by boxofmatches on 2007 01 01 at 10:49 AM • permalink


    1. The Australian Security intelligence Organisation also believed prominent pro-Jewish figures, Isi Liebler and journalist Sam Lipski, were on the hit list.

      How did Anthony Loewenstein [sp?] avoid the hit list? I mean, even if he was only 10 or so at the time, they must have known about his deep support for the state and his relatives even at that young age.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 01 at 02:53 PM • permalink


    1. andeycanuck—Flavius Antonios has gone through a major life change recently; he has discovered he is black and is launching a campaign to condemn Ethiopia for running the terrs out of Mogadishu.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 01 at 03:21 PM • permalink


    1. Thanks for the heads-up, richard, I’ll have to buy the Ant’s next record-setting best-selling book vanity-publishing job when it hits the market here in Canada. I can see it now, “I was raised as a poor Ethopian Jew share cropper, and I’m disgusted with my homeland attacking the followers of the Religion of Peace in a brutal, unequal, imperialistic struggle….”

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 01 at 05:05 PM • permalink


    1. Has Malcom Frazer got hiary arm pits?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 01 01 at 05:24 PM • permalink


    1. Those crafty Jews!

      Does Israel have a special ministry for dirty tricks? I mean, making up assassination plots, bombing ambulances, stealing water, running the United States – certainly sounds like an exciting place to work!

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 01 01 at 05:51 PM • permalink


    1. The last public noise made by Mossad in the south Pacific was when New Zealand jailed two alleged Israeli spies for falsely trying to obtain New Zealand passports.
      the israelis discivered a huge passport manufacturing ring in new Zealand under the noses of the New Zealand Government. Some of these passports were turning up in pakistan.
      They warned them the NZs about this to no avail; it seems.
      They then tried to infiltrate the ring by offering to buy passports for which they had no use.
      Helen Clarke was furious at the loss of face and implications that such revelations would have for her government. So a face saving solution was concocted.

      Posted by davo on 2007 01 01 at 06:23 PM • permalink


    1. Bob Hawke was targetted because of his strong support for Israel?

      Tanya Plibersek and Julia Irwin have got nothing to worry about.

      Posted by scooper on 2007 01 01 at 06:35 PM • permalink


    1. More amazing Israeli achievements. (NB: Loud music starts when you open page)

      Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2007 01 01 at 06:48 PM • permalink


    1. yes Albury there was once a time when one could have respect for the old type socialism, especially in Britain. Those days have long gone.
      i guess today the like’s of Oswald Mosely would have fawned over the Galloways and red Kens of the new socialism.

      Posted by davo on 2007 01 01 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. #3 aussiemagpie, Sheehan was filling in for Ramsay on Saturday.  For once it wasn’t a waste of a page of newsprint.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 01 01 at 07:24 PM • permalink


    1. We had a Palestinian ambassador?

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 01 01 at 07:27 PM • permalink


    1. #15

      one of the many reasons i love this blog is that it is so resolutely pro-Israel. I am not Jewish but lived on a small start-up kibbutz with a bunch of IDF soldiers for two years when I was a young bloke. (My girlfriend was one of the soldiers. I spent my time getting sunstruck in the mangoes and busting rocks). It left an indelible impression on me. Plucky, resourceful, funny, brave, can-do, and smart as all hell. What a people.

      I’ve added that link to favourites for my kids. Thanks


      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 01 01 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. Loewenstein is also unconvinced the Palestinians could possibly be terrorists.

      I mean, a Palestinian, murdering someone. It doesn’t make sense at all does it?


      How is it Palestinians have “ambassadors” if they don’t have a state?

      An excellent question. Ali Kazak, believe it or not, was The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Ambassador to Vanuatu.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 01 at 10:41 PM • permalink


    1. I spent my time getting sunstruck in the mangoes and busting rocks

      Sounds like they’re guilty of racial profiling, though, coach/JonathanH.

      (With me assuming that you’re from Down Under.)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 01 at 11:34 PM • permalink


    1. Israel has grown …

      Dammit I’m proud!

      Re Al Jazeera’s Chief Editor’s esteem issues:
      I don’t see why Israel should allow itself to be extinguished because a bunch of Arabs want to get their dicks hard.
      [end profanity]

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 01 02 at 12:58 AM • permalink


    1. #21 Im sorry Andy I must be thick as well as geographically challenged because that one goes right over my head…


      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 01 02 at 01:42 AM • permalink


    1. I think that Fraser was Australia Jimmy Carter. Both set their country back years and both are experts at rubbishing their Own countries now they are no longer in power.

      16000 lebanese muslims refugees! Wonder what the persecuted Aussi Maronites had to say about that

      Posted by davo on 2007 01 02 at 05:49 AM • permalink


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